Push to save post box in Bassendean

THE State Heritage Office has confirmed it will assess the cultural heritage significance of a 1800s red pillar post box on the corner of North Road and Surrey Street in Bassendean.

Resident Gerry Coleman nominated the 140-year-old box, one of five in WA and still operational, for the State Heritage Register, earlier this year.

He said many well-known WA identities had lived close to it.

“Diagonally across from the box in North Road is number 27, which is Bassendean’s oldest inhabited house called Derisleigh, which belonged to George Tuttle Wood, a senior metropolitan magistrate in late 1890s,” he said.

“Jeremiah Asquith lived in Surrey Street, opposite the pensioner guard cottage. He was a local boat builder … and built river barges in the late 1800s, then pearling luggers in the pearling boom up Broome way.”

Mr Coleman received a letter from the heritage office dated September 21 informing him that the post box was likely to have cultural heritage value and it would be assessed, along with three others like it.

No timeline for the assessment was given.

“It may take some time for the assessment to be scheduled,” the letter said.

The Heritage Council’s Register committee considered a preliminary review of the post box on August 28.

An Australia Post spokeswoman told the Eastern Reporter there were no plans to remove the post box.